New Year comes with great hopes, resolutions, plans and energy to start the year in grand style, all eared towards a better life.
While the New year offers the possibility for a new beginning and a new you, unfortunately, a month into the year, most people are back into their formal self and most times it’s not really due to laziness but as a result of their goal setting methodology. According to a research, only around 8% of people actually achieve their resolutions each year, while only around 75% of those who set goals follow through with them after the first week of the year. Funny enough only 25% of people already stop working towards
their goals just after the first week.
Irrespective of what your plan is ; managing your money better, living your dream life, being productive, apt in decision making or succeeding in whatever your 2017 goal is, this write up will help you become a part of the few that usually achieve their set goals.
1. Have a review of why you did not achieve all the goals and plans of 2016. What were the barriers, the obstacles that prevented you from achieving them, more importantly how would you subdue such obstacles.Also, what are those goals you achieved, how did you feel achieving them? What did you do that made you achieve those goal and more importantly how can use them to as a pivotal learning point for the goals you did not achieve.
2. Ensure that your goal for this year, 2017 is SMART! One sure way of not achieving your goal is to have it set with sentiment and this has the tendency of making the goals lack pragmatism. To avoid this, be SMART with your goals.
A SMART goal is:
Specific – What is your goal? Is it specific or is it too generic? What needs to be done for you to achieve your goal? I want to reduce my expenditure by 30% and not I want to reduce my expenditure.
Measurable – How can you measure your progress?
Attainable – Can your goal actually be achieved, is it really possible considering where you are, who you are? and the other variables that the is goal dependent on for example is the achievement of the goal dependent on someone else etc.
Realistic – Can you achieve your goal?
Time – What’s your time frame for achieving your goal?
3. Break down your goal by month and then into weeks. This gives you the capacity to ensure that every day you have an action that you are working on towards a particular goal for that month. It is vital to write down your goal but breaking it down makes it possible to remind yourself of the actions to deploy each day. For example, if one of my goals is to improve my communication skill, I can break it down by saying in February, I will work on it, first week research materials on it, studying communication materials, saving and attending Pause Factory training on communication skill; etc
Now do you believe in the goals you set? No matter how much you prepare, if you don’t believe you can achieve your goal in the deepest part of your heart, its most likely you won’t.
Do you care for more on how to achieve your plan for this year or how to be the person you really want to be……
Author: Pause Factory